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“Why hasn’t Attorney General Eric Holder appointed a special prosecutor?” the editorial board of Barack Obama’s hometown newspaper wonders in its essay, scheduled for tomorrow’s print edition. The Chicago Tribune has seen enough spin and delay in the investigation of the IRS scandals, and wants answers. The only way to get those, the board writes, is a special prosecutor who can conduct an independent investigation:

The murky intrigue over who provoked what at this agency has become a playpen for politicians. Three among many crucial questions still scream for answers:

•Did someone nudge IRS employees to hassle certain groups or did agency officials spontaneously decide to do that?

•Inspector General George has testified that in June 2012, five months before the election, he told top Treasury Department officials of his probe into IRS targeting. Did his news, with its potential to rock the presidential campaign, stop atop Treasury — or did it make its way even higher in the administration?

•At multiple points in 2012, why did top IRS officials repeatedly mislead Congress by not disclosing — in response to highly specific questions — that the agency was targeting conservative groups?

I agree with the author that even if it goes to a special prosecutor it will get whitewashed, but it is saying something that even the ultra-liberal Tribune would come out for it. I'm not sure if the Tribune is coming out for it because they know it'll get whitewashed anyway, or because they honestly feel that a prosecutor will get to the bottom of it, my guess is probably the former.
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